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She Lived 20 Years. Now Her Friend Will Go to Jail for 21

Emma Semler left Jennifer Werstler to die of heroin overdose

(Newser) - Tears flowing down her cheeks, Emma Semler turned to the family of a deceased friend and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." The mother of Jennifer Werstler—who died of a heroin overdose on the floor of a KFC bathroom on her 20th birthday in 2014—wasn't... More »

Suicide, Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in US

Experts say a lack of social connection could be partially to blame

(Newser) - An awful milestone: In 2017, the US saw a record number of deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The national rate for such deaths hit an all-time high of 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a 6% increase over the year prior and the highest level since the Centers... More »

Bad Time to Overdose: While Driving School Bus Full of Kids

Lisa Byrd facing child endangerment charges after she's revived with Narcan: cops

(Newser) - A school bus carrying a dozen special-needs children crashed into a tree in Newark on Wednesday, but police say that wasn't the worst part. Though no kids were injured, the driver of the bus, found slumped over the wheel, had overdosed on heroin and had to be revived with... More »

Ominous New Stat on Opioid Deaths Released

Americans have greater chance of dying of an overdose than in a car crash

(Newser) - It's no secret that opioid deaths are rising in the US, but a new statistic brings home the danger. For the first time, Americans now have a greater chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, reports USA Today . The stat comes from... More »

1 Dead, 12 Hospitalized After Calif. 'Mass Overdose'

Police believe fentanyl is to blame

(Newser) - The powerful opioid fentanyl is believed to have caused what police in Chico, Calif., are calling a "mass casualty incident" Saturday morning. Authorities say one person died and another 12 were hospitalized after a mass overdose. Chico Fire Department Chief Steve Standridge says every ambulance in the city was... More »

Girl, 6, Rescued After Posting Photos of Dead Dad

Father died of apparent overdose, step-mother was unconscious

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl in southeast Michigan has been rescued from a home after posting photos on Facebook of her dead father and unconscious stepmother, reports the AP . Police in Mount Morris Township, just north of Flint, say a relative in Tennessee contacted them after seeing the pictures. Officers went to... More »

Radio Host Spent 'Intense' 27 Minutes on Call With Suicidal Man

The UK's Iain Lee kept 'Chris' on the line while emergency services scrambled to find him

(Newser) - For nearly half an hour, a British radio host kept a suicidal man on the line while rescuers tried to find him, an experience he now calls "intense and upsetting" and which has earned him praise as a "hero." Iain Lee, an ex-I'm a Celebrity …... More »

Fentanyl Now the Deadliest Drug in the US

It overtakes heroin on ranking of fatal overdoses

(Newser) - Fentanyl killed 18,335 people in the US in 2016—the most of any drug, making the synthetic opioid the deadliest drug in America. Health officials announced the new ranking of overdose deaths from 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, on Wednesday. It's fentanyl's... More »

New US Life Expectancy Statistics Are 'Sobering'

Life expectancy has fallen for a 3rd year in a row

(Newser) - In 1918, the double whammy of World War I and the worldwide flu pandemic drove down American life expectancy for a third year in a row. A century later, another triple-year decline has been recorded—and this time, suicide and drug overdoses are major causes. According to the Centers for... More »

Here's What Killed Mac Miller

Fentanyl, cocaine, alcohol are to blame

(Newser) - It was a mix of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol that killed rapper Mac Miller , according to the newly released toxicology report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The report names accidental "mixed drug toxicity" as the 26-year-old's official cause of death, Variety reports. He had publicly... More »

Record-Breaking Drug OD Deaths in US Last Year

200 people died per day in US in 2017, per the DEA

(Newser) - Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the US last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the DEA. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths. Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people... More »

Man Charged With Hiding Lyric McHenry's Body

Alexis Meija-Ramirez also charged with tampering with physical evidence

(Newser) - Lyric McHenry was found dead hours after celebrating her 26th birthday in Manhattan, and what killed her has now been revealed. E! News cites an affidavit it obtained that says McHenry—known for appearing on EJ Johnson's reality series EJNYC—died from a fatal overdose of cocaine, heroin, and... More »

On Video, Friends Mock Unresponsive Man Who Died Hours Later

No charges will be filed against Indiana men

(Newser) - A coroner calls it "probably the most blatant disregard for human life" he's ever seen, but no charges will be filed against two Indiana men seen in a video playing with the limp body of their friend hours before he died, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. On... More »

Mystery Man Sought in Death of Pregnant Reality Star

He may have left hotel with Lyric McHenry on Aug. 14: NYPD

(Newser) - New York City police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in the death of a pregnant reality star and Stanford graduate. Lyric McHenry—who appeared alongside Magic Johnson's son, EJ Johnson, on E!'s EJNYC, per ABC News —was found... More »

Cause of Actor Jackson Odell's Death Has Been Revealed

The Goldbergs actor's family has spoken out

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has revealed the cause of The Goldbergs actor Jackson Odell's death. Per People , the 20-year-old suffered from "acute heroin and cocaine toxicity." Odell was found unresponsive in a sober living home in suburban Los Angeles on June 8. He reportedly... More »

Korn Frontman's Wife Dies the Day He Issues Court Order

Deven Davis was 39

(Newser) - The wife of Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis died Friday—the same day Davis issued a domestic violence restraining order against her, People reports. "The Davis family is brokenhearted over the devastating loss of Deven Davis," says the family in a statement. "We ask that you respect... More »

Demi Lovato Breaks Silence After Overdose

'I will keep fighting,' she tells fans

(Newser) - Almost two weeks after she was rushed to the hospital following an apparent overdose , Demi Lovato broke her silence with an emotional Instagram post Sunday. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," she wrote. "What I've learned is that this illness is not... More »

Cop: Police Chief Who OD'd Took Drugs From Evidence Room

Neighboring police agency says James Hughes Jr. lifted drugs from evidence room

(Newser) - An Ohio police chief died in May , and an autopsy released last month said he died from "acute intoxication by fentanyl." Now officials say they think they know how James Hughes Jr. got his hands on the deadly drug: They believe he took it from the Kirkersville Police... More »

TMZ: Demi Lovato Overdoses

Sources say she was treated with Narcan, rushed to hospital

(Newser) - Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital after apparently overdosing on heroin Tuesday morning, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . The sources say Lovato was treated with Narcan, an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses, at her Hollywood Hills home before being transported to a Los Angeles hospital. The Los Angeles Fire... More »

Heather Locklear Hospitalized Hours After Release From Jail

Emergency services were called about an overdose

(Newser) - Heather Locklear is getting help after emergency services were called to her home for the second time in less than 24 hours. TMZ reports that the 56-year-old actress was rushed to the hospital from her Thousand Oaks, Calif., home after somebody called to report an overdose. Locklear was arrested Sunday... More »

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